New cars from Sweden are (almost) always interesting. Because the innovations don't come that often. Today Volvo introduces the C40 Recharge. A fully electric SUV Coupe that, depending on the reading, is an XC40 Recharge with a different roof or the compatible model to the Polestar 2. The fact is: all vehicles share the same technology and platform.
Volvo C40 Recharge
The new C40 Recharge is the second all-electric vehicle from Volvo. There will be no hybrid or combustion engine. It is produced in the Ghent plant, parallel to the XC40 Recharge. When it comes to design, Volvo is taking no chances and is following the general trend. Several manufacturers are cooking up similar crossover concepts, whoever expected typical Volvo cars today may be disappointed.
The drive is provided by two permanent magnet electric motors on the front and rear axles, which develop a system output of 300 kW (408 hp) and 660 Nm of torque. The energy required for this is provided by a 78 kWh battery pack, which can be charged to 40 percent within 80 minutes at charging points with the appropriate infrastructure.
The expected range is around 420 kilometers (WLTP). According to Volvo, it can probably be further improved over time with software updates.
The Volvo C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo and shows where we are going says Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Volvo Cars. It is fully electric and is only available online at attractive all-inclusive conditions and with short delivery times. Driving a new Volvo has never been more attractive.
The C40 Recharge will only be available online. Volvo wants to drastically reduce the number of possible variants, an exciting matter. Because where, that is the question, will you differ from Lynk & Co in the future? The Volvo Geely subsidiary relies on the same technology package, packages it differently and also sells it online.
Production of the C40 will start in the fall, Google will always be on board and the updates will come online. Until then, Volvo will also communicate the prices and the much more important monthly flat rate.